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Dunoon protesters turn on foreign nationals

Hundreds of demonstrators have been wreaking havoc in the community since midnight over service delivery.

Locals help Somali foreign nationals empty their spaza shop in Dumani Road in Dunoon after a night of protests and looting. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Some foreign shop owners in Dunoon say they're forced to flee for their safety following a night of violent protests in the area.

Hundreds of demonstrators have been wreaking havoc in the community since midnight.

It's understood the violence is related to a fight for housing and service delivery.

While the situation in in Dunoon remains calm, foreign shop owners are taking the opportunity to load their stock and equipment into vehicles, and make their way out of the area to safety.

The City of Cape Town says more than 100 small business were destroyed last night, as well as the Dunoon MyCiti bus station.

A Congolese woman, who asked to remain anonymous, says her hair salon was set alight.

She says she lost stock and equipment worth thousands of rands.

"They are striking that their [government] must give them a house, but why [come] to us? Because we are not the person that must give them a house, it's government. Now they destroy everything."

Meanwhile, South African Police Service (Saps) officials and metro police will continue to maintain a strong presence in Dunoon.

Another Congolese woman says, "We are sewing clothes, every machine is gone. The industrial machine. We lost everything. We have children who survive on this, [what] must we do now?"

WATCH: 200 shops looted in Dunoon protests

Twelve people arrested on charges of public violence are due to appear in court soon.